And Now He’s Fired: Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller Released over “Crazy Sh*t Backstage”


Mayhem Miller and the UFC? I never want to see those two again. Props: MMAFighting.com

While it remains to be seen whether Jason “Mayhem” Miller will actually retire after his loss to C.B. Dollaway during last night’s UFC 146, he certainly won’t be having another fight in the UFC any time soon.

During last night’s post-event press conference, Dana White announced that the UFC has parted ways with Mayhem. While the news isn’t exactly surprising in any way, it’s interesting that Dana White cites “some crazy shit” that took place backstage as the reason for Miller’s release. Before you begin to speculate, the incident was not a fight. As of right now, there are no other details on the incident.

I was about to write that Jason Miller‘s UFC run has been forgettable, but honestly, it was much worse than that: His career in the UFC has been memorable for entirely the wrong reasons. He’s been little more than a class clown, insulting opponents during interviews and wearing ridiculous outfits only to get thoroughly dismantled in each of his appearances. He’s looked so bad throughout his UFC career that Dana White is on record claiming that he’s seen women in Tae Bo classes with better striking.

As for his final performance in the octagon against middleweight gatekeeper C.B. Dollaway, the less we say the better. It’s one thing when a smartass hack journalist jokes about changing the channel to a basketball game during your “fight”. It’s a whole different story when your boss tweets that your fight “SUCKED!!!!” before the crowd is even done booing. Injured knee or not, if Mayhem was looking to go out on a high note, he failed miserably.

Rarely one to shy away from expressing his thoughts, Dana White commented further on Mayhem’s final performance for the UFC during the press conference. “The thing is with Mayhem Miller, his last fight was embarrassing that he had with Michael Bisping after his season of The Ultimate Fighter,” said White. “Then he still comes out with pink shit on at the weigh-ins or whatever the hell he was wearing. The guy doesn’t take it serious and he looked it tonight.” Ouch.

So what do you think happens now for Jason Miller? Does he actually retire from MMA? Does he stick to crushing cans at local shows? Do you think Bellator takes a chance on him? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

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May 26, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA;  Jason Miller (bottom) and C.B. Dollaway (top) fight during UFC 146 at the MGM Grand Garden event center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

Mixed martial arts (MMA) has its share of memorable characters, but few can approach the quotability and sheer awesomeness of Jason Miller, who years into his career remained one of the best interviews in the sport.

But after a two-fight losing streak that followed his stint as a coach on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 14, it was announced that “Mayhem” was released by the organization, perhaps in no small part thanks to what Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White referred to as a backstage “incident” following his decision loss to C.B. Dollaway at UFC 146 last night (Sat., May 26, 2012) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

It’s not the first dust-up Miller has been a part of. After butting in on Jake Shields‘ post-fight interview after Shields decisioned Dan Henderson in their 2010 Strikeforce fight, Miller was part of the epic scuffle that involved the Diaz brothers in an embarrassing scene, on a nationally televised program, to boot.

It’s too bad, too, because Miller is a charismatic figure and a fun guy to watch.

He came up horribly flat in his stoppage loss to Michael Bisping back on Dec. 3, 2011, and showed some improvement in spots against Dollaway, but at the end of the day, Miller’s limited stand-up and wrestling ability were two chinks in his armor that worked readily against him.

You get the feeling that in this match-up, the powers that be engineered the precise conditions to cut their losses, as there was no way Dollaway wouldn’t be denied takedowns, allowing him to essentially stifle Miller en route to a one-sided decision win. That being said, whatever the incident was that White referred to didn’t help matters.

Jason Probst can be reached at jasonprobst@gmail.com or twitter.com/jasonprobst.

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May 26, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Darren Elkins (right) and Diego Brandao fight during UFC 146 at the MGM Grand Garden event center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

They weren’t nearly as flashy or dynamic as the guys they beat, but Stipe Miocic and Darren Elkins were proof-positive at UFC 146: “Dos Santos vs. Mir” Saturday night (May 26, 2012) in Las Vegas, Nevada, that conditioning is one hell of an equalizer. Both absorbed considerable early damage before turning the tide in the kind of showing that reinforces the importance of being strong at the end of the fight, not just the beginning.

For Miocic, it was a case of absorbing the thudding kicks and slick angles offered by Shane del Rosario. In a meeting of unbeaten heavyweights, Miocic simply didn’t have the foot speed to corral the slippery del Rosario, whose punishing kicks, especially to the midsection, were very sharp.

But Miocic, a former college wrestler with two UFC wins under his belt, including a gritty debut decision over Joey Beltran, simply hung though, eventually switching gears and taking the tiring del Rosario down in the second. And then he went to work, pounding his man, who’d gone from being a vexing standup proposition to hopelessly marooned on the ground. After about a zillion and one hammer fists and assorted ne’er-do-wells from the relentless Miocic, del Rosario was finished.

Score one for conditioning.

On the undercard, Darren Elkins put in one of the guttier performances you’ll see in decisioning The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 14 winner Diego Brandao in a fantastic featherweight battle. Elkins was every bit the stereotype of the tough, hard-nosed Midwestern wrestler, as he absorbed Brando’s frightful shots and ground and pound in the first half of the brawl, only to keep coming as the explosive Brandao slowed, eventually getting taken down and worked over.

Unlike del Rosario, Brandao didn’t wilt en route to a stoppage, instead taking considerable punishment while constantly forcing Elkins to work, but Darren’s outstanding conditioning and pressure took the bout. It was an inspiring performance for Elkins, who seemed outmatched early, but banked on his ability to survive that early onslaught and essentially take over the second half of the bout. Brandao is a gifted fighter and the loss shouldn’t be a black mark on his record. He simply needs to pace himself more.

Score one for the merits of conditioning, especially in a case where the more explosive fighter is sure to burn energy faster and earlier than the more textbook-based approach.

Jason Probst can be reached at jasonprobst@gmail.com or twitter.com/jasonprobst.

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